Limits work best when they're pushed

Inverting an expectation seems (to me) to be the most enjoyable path toward exceeding it.

  • In school, everyone joined the choir.  I joined the orchestra

  • In Canada, everyone plays ice hockey.  I played field hockey

  • On the field hockey team, everyone wanted to be a forward. I chose to be a goalie

  • Most doctors go to med school.  I got the title with a phd

  • Most people dye their hair to get rid of the whites.  I like the white

It started with wanting to be different.  But it has become much more than that.  

This world seems filled with arbitrary restrictions, norms and boundaries that mean well.  But following blindly rarely captures their underlying purpose.  All too often, we need to push the bounds in order to truly fulfill, if not exceed, the very expectations we have broken. 

Pushing the bounds means going the extra mile.  But doing so in a way that only you would do.  

Push the bounds.  Re-set them for yourself.  Then push the bounds once more.

Dr. Aliaa Remtilla, an anthropologist and filmmaker, has been studying Muslim communities for nearly a decade. She has conducted research in Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan examining the confluence of religion, economics and politics. 

Dr. Remtilla is a Research Associate at the Centre for Study of Muslim Civilizations and Cultures at Simon Fraser University (Canada) and also works as a scholar for the Ismaili Tariqah and Religious Education Board, USA. She graduated with an MA and PhD from the University of Manchester (UK) in Social Anthropology and completed her BA at Harvard University (USA), concentrating in film production and the study of Islam.